Rafael Nadal looks good at US Open, and Tiger Woods approves
NEW YORK (AP) — Locked in a tight test at the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal conjured up an over-the-shoulder, back-to-the-net flick of a volley winner that he celebrated with a leap and punch of the...
US Open Glance: Past champions Nadal, Cilic meet on Day 8
NEW YORK (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO MONDAY
Two former U.S. Open men's champions meet for the second straight night as the remaining quarterfinal spots are filled. Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed who...
US Open Glance: Gauff, 15, to meet Osaka in Day 6 showdown
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY
One thing stands between Coco Gauff and the fourth round at another Grand Slam tournament, and it's the defending...
The Latest: 2014 Open champ Cilic to face Isner in 3rd Rd
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, has moved into a third-round matchup of big servers against...
Cilic upset in straight sets, Venus advances in Cincinnati
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Marin Cilic became the first seed to lose in the Western & Southern Open when 39th-ranked Radu Albot beat him 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the opening round Monday.
Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup opener
MONTREAL (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England's Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Teenage qualifier Caty McNally has reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.
The 17-year-old beat fellow American Christina McHale 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 on Thursday. McNally...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Sloane Stephens was upset in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday, and Coco Gauff also lost in the tune-up for the U.S. Open.
Pella making a habit of beating runner-ups at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Guido Pella is getting the hang of this upset-the-runner-up thing at Wimbledon.
The Argentine player eliminated 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson in the third round...
WIMBLEDON ’19: Big 3 rule men; more champs in women’s tennis
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As the start of Wimbledon approaches, two recent trends capture the completely disparate states of men's and women's tennis at the moment.
Cilic begins Queen’s Club title defense with win
LONDON (AP) — Marin Cilic began defense of his title at the Queen's Club grass-court event with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Christian Garin in the first round on Monday.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
Grigor Dimitrov outlasted 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the longest match...
Top-seeded Nishikori wins in Dubai; Cilic loses to Monfils
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday by beating Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, while No. 3 Marin Cilic was...
Indian Wells tennis to feature all top 75 men and women
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open will include all of the top 75 ranked men's and women's players in the world, including defending champions Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament runs March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Southern California desert.
Del Potro skipped the Australian Open while recovering from a knee injury, but he is on the entry list for Indian Wells.
Verdasco double-faults away match point; Cilic wins 5-setter
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fernando Verdasco's jaw dropped and he grabbed at a tuft of his hair, struggling to understand how he could have just double-faulted to fritter away a match point against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.
The Latest: Cilic edges Verdasco in 5 at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Marin Cilic overcame a pair of match points — including one double-faulted away by Fernando Verdasco — and a two-set deficit for a 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory in the Australian Open's third round.
The Latest: Tomic critical of Hewitt after Aussie Open match
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open: (all times local):
Bernard Tomic has continued his criticism of Australia's Davis Cup captain, saying LLeyton Hewitt is causing division among the players and should be replaced.
Tomic, who was beaten 6-2 6-4, 7-6 (3) by sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, said he would not play Davis Cup again with Hewitt as captain.
Champions Wozniacki, Federer on different ends of spectrum
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. For Roger Federer, it's a well-worn experience.
A women's final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship.
Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — After an agonizing defeat in Croatia's previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.
Cilic was two sets up against Juan Martin del Potro two years ago in Zagreb, with Croatia leading Argentina 2-1 on the final day, when his game collapsed as the South Americans fought back and ultimately won the final.
This weekend in northern France, Cilic did not give even a glimmer of hope to his French opponents that they could stage a comeback of their own.
Noah replaces Chardy with Pouille in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is sending out Lucas Pouille to face Croatia's top player Marin Cilic in Sunday's first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final in an attempt to keep his team in contention.
France cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 by winning the doubles on Saturday but Croatia still remains favorite to claim one more point to dethrone the defending champions.
Tsonga doubtful with groin injury at Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is doubtful for the remainder of the Davis Cup final after apparently injuring his groin during his loss to Marin Cilic on Friday.
The Frenchman was hurt in the third set of his 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Croatia's top player.
Croatia leads 2-0 after the opening singles and could win its second Davis Cup crown on Saturday in the doubles.
Croatia eases to 2-0 over France in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah's gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.
Borna Coric dismantled Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Marin Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the opening singles.
Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — With no player standing out as a clear leader, France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.
The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew injured, will lead defending champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.
Zverev to face Federer in semifinals of ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — After reaching the last four at the ATP Finals for the first time, Alexander Zverev isn't satisfied.
He set up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday.
Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003.
"The tournament isn't over," Zverev said. "I don't want to really be thinking 'I'm in the semifinals now, I'm satisfied.' That's not how I work."
Djokovic overcomes illness to progress at ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic overcame an illness — and Alexander Zverev — to advance to the last four of the ATP Finals.
Using a tissue to blow his nose between points, Djokovic was able to beat Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday for his second straight victory of the tournament.
"Unfortunately, today hasn't been great in terms of that (illness)," Djokovic said. "Somehow I managed to gather the strength when I needed it."
Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final against Croatia
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead France in the Davis Cup final against Croatia this month as the hosts bid to win successive titles.
Pouille was the highest-ranked player among Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the team picked by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his 1st Paris Masters title
PARIS (AP) — Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal's record of 33 Masters titles.
Djokovic, a record four-time champion at the indoor event, looked out of energy after an epic three-hour semifinal win against Roger Federer on Saturday.
Djokovic and Federer win to set up Paris Masters semifinal
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic remains on course for a fifth Paris Masters title after beating Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to set up a semifinal against Roger Federer.
Federer advanced to their 47th career meeting by beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, his sixth straight win against the Japanese player.
Alexander Zverev hits 50 wins beating Haase at Swiss Indoors
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Alexander Zverev became the first man to reach 50 wins on the ATP Tour this season by beating Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 Wednesday in the first round of the Swiss Indoors.
The second-seeded German moved to 50-16 in a season that has brought three titles, including the Madrid Masters.
Zverev converted all four of his break points while saving eight of the 10 held by the 47th-ranked Dutchman.
Wawrinka withdraws from Swiss Indoors as Cilic wins opener
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has ended his season after withdrawing from the Swiss Indoors with a back injury.
Wawrinka says there is "disappointment and sadness" in taking a decision for his long-term plans.
The 33-year-old Swiss, who was due to play Wednesday against Adrian Mannarino, is now ranked 68th after battling knee injuries for more than a year.
Third-seeded Marin Cilic moved into the second round by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic too hot again for Chardy at Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men's tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point on serve in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.
Djokovic's second-round victory improved his perfect record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won.
"I'm very grateful to play on a high level," Djokovic said. "I'm very close to my best."
Top-seeded Marin Cilic loses in 1st round at Japan Open
TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Marin Cilic was knocked out of the Japan Open in the first round after losing to Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) on Tuesday.
Eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka also advanced to the second round, both by beat American opposition. Gasquet defeated Denis Kudla 7-6 (10), 6-3 while Wawrinka beat Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-4.
Also, Frances Tiafoe beat Maximilian Marterer 7-5, 6-4, and Jeremy Chardy defeated Damir Dzumhur 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup.
Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event.
After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal.
Chair umpire Ramos hands Cilic warning for slamming racket
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued a code violation to Croatia after Marin Cilic slammed his racket to the clay and mangled the frame during a Davis Cup loss to Sam Querrey of the United States.
Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning. No points were deducted and Cilic did not exchange any words with Ramos.
"Usually when you break a racket you get a code violation," Cilic said.